Clearwater Aquarium accepts donation for after-school STEM program: Clearwater Marine Aquarium accepted a $25,000 donation from AT&T last month to support an after-school STEM program for students in Pinellas County. The program allows students ages 11 to 14 to gain hands-on experiences and inspire a greater interest in math and science programs. The aquarium's after-school program supports Title I schools by providing immersive STEM curriculum for the "middle school juncture," where children are likely to lose interest in STEM subjects. The check presentation included a boat ride in Clearwater Bay with a net pulling in a big check from AT&T.
Safety Harbor Kiwanis name new Sea Hawk Award winners: The Safety Harbor Kiwanis honored students at the second Sea Hawk Awards ceremony this year. Three students selected received recognition from the Kiwanis with trophies and a monetary award. Seventh-grade student Lauren Maki was chosen by teacher Scott Johnson for helping others before herself. Paula Sanchez and Emelio Kandy were picked by seventh-grade teacher Candes Clifford for their high standard of character and citizenship. These three and other students were honored with parents, families and teachers at the special awards breakfast.
Largo Medical named top performer by Joint Commission: Largo Medical Center was the only hospital in Pinellas County to receive the Joint Commission's Top Performer award throughout all five years of the program's existence. Largo Medical Center also is one of just 117 hospitals nationwide to achieve this status for five years. The Joint Commission is the nation's leading accreditor of health care organizations. This program recognizes hospitals that attain excellence in evidence-based care in core measure performance data.
St. Alfred's Episcopal in Palm Harbor welcomes new priest: The Rev. Dr. Gina Walsh-Minor was accepted as the new priest-in-charge at St. Alfred's Episcopal Church in Palm Harbor. Walsh-Minor served the Diocese of New Jersey since 2003 as vicar at two churches and interim rector at another. She also was interim director of human resources at Riverside Church in New York City. For the past seven years, she served as rector of Trinity Church in Cranford, N.J. Walsh-Minor received her master's in divinity from General Theological Seminary and also holds a doctorate in organizational development and human resources management and a master's in community counseling.